A forecast combination of warmer weather and lower crude oil prices is contributing to the lowest expected average residential heating oil expenditures in nine years for the winter heating season of 2015-16, which runs from October 1 through March 31. The average household using heating oil is forecast to spend about $1,390 for heating bills during winter 2015-16, down $460 from last winter’s average expenditures. Forecast average expenditures provide a broad guide to changes compared with previous winter heating seasons, but fuel expenditures for each household are highly dependent on the size and efficiency of individual homes and their heating equipment, thermostat settings, and local weather conditions.